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  • Dec 22- The nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager has lined up a cheaper price from AbbVie Inc on its newly approved hepatitis C treatment and, in most cases, will no longer cover Gilead Sciences Inc treatments, Express Scripts said on Monday. Express Scripts has opposed the $84,000 pricetag of Gilead Sciences' Sovaldi treatment since it was approved a year...

  • *Gilead falls as Express Scripts picks AbbVie treatment. NEW YORK, Dec 22- U.S. stocks were modestly higher on Monday, after the benchmark S&P 500 notched its best weekly performance in nearly two months, as a sharp drop in Gilead Sciences reined in broader gains. Express Scripts, the nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager, has lined up a cheaper price from AbbVie...

  • The SEC on Wednesday filed civil fraud charges against former Assisted Living Concepts Inc chief executive Laurie Bebo, and chief financial officer, John Buono, who devised a scheme to fraudulently inflate occupancy rates at certain facilities it ran for seniors. Their misconduct included adding Bebo's parents and husband in the company's leasing figures...

  • *Disney falls after results, Salix plummets. "Any kind of change in how the healthcare law is interpreted is going to affect healthcare stocks, probably insurers first," said Kim Forrest, senior equity research analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group in Pittsburgh. Hospital operator Tenet Healthcare fell 6.5 percent to $47.85 while managed care facilities operator...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 4- CVS Health Corp reported slightly higher-than-expected quarterly results on Tuesday, helped by growth in specialty pharmacy sales and new client additions in its pharmacy benefits business. Net income at CVS, which operates the No. 2 U.S. drugstore chain and a major pharmacy benefits management business, fell to $948 million, or 81 cents per share,...

  • Nov 3- Hospital operator Community Health Systems Inc reported a quarterly profit above average analyst expectation as admissions in its hospitals soared 49 percent. Net profit rose to $62 million, or 54 cents per share, for the third quarter ended Sept. 30 up from $4.1 million, or 4 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding special items, the company earned $1.01...

  • Medicare program's payment rate for hospital outpatient services will increase 2.3 percent in calendar year 2015, while the rate for ambulatory surgical services will rise 1.4 percent, the federal government announced on Friday. The Medicare health insurance program for the elderly and disabled will also begin to pay doctors a monthly fee to coordinate...

  • Oct 28- HCA Holdings Inc, the largest U.S. hospital operator, on Tuesday announced a deal to acquire a Dallas- based provider of urgent-care services and said its board authorized the repurchase of up to $1 billion of its outstanding shares. HCA said its third-quarter net income rose to $518 million, or $1.16 a share, compared with $365 million, or 79 cents a share, a...

  • You're gone: VA moves to fire execs in scandal Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 1:02 PM ET
    A Veterans Affairs hospital in Pittsburgh.

    Veterans Affairs says it has taken action against four senior execs for reasons ranging from unethical behavior to the misuse of VA resources.

  • Questions as Dallas hospital alters Ebola account Saturday, 4 Oct 2014 | 10:56 AM ET
    The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

    Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said both the nurses and the doctors knew the patient's travel history, but released him, the New York Times reports.

  • Ebola panic may give these stocks a fillip Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 6:35 PM ET

    Shares of Malaysia's latex glove makers have had a tough year so far, but some analysts expect panic over Africa's Ebola outbreak may spur gains.

  • Millennials embrace alternative medicine Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 10:34 AM ET

    Most millennials use alternative medicine to maintain wellbeing rather than cure existing sicknesses. The Fiscal Times reports.

  • Superbug weapon has 'yuck factor' but big promise Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 11:02 AM ET
    Clostridium difficile Color Enhanced, SEM. C. difficile is an anaerobic spore forming bacteria that can cause an infection of the bowel (diarrhea) the bacterium produces two toxins which are responsible for the diarrhea and which damage the cells lining the bowel. In this image the bacterium is diagonal with spores present.

    An unconventional but effective treatment against a deadly superbug is raising worries about a possible black market.

  • Credit alert! Unpaid medical bills hurt scores Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    New research from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau concludes that medical bills are unfairly lowering credit scores.

  • AstraZeneca Chair: Shareholders, 'vote me away' Monday, 19 May 2014 | 11:14 AM ET

    As AstraZeneca's shares slid following its rejection of Pfizer's new bid, the company's chairman said he was "reasonably confident" it was the right decision.

  • How Obamacare's making a $5.6 billion problem worse Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 2:23 PM ET

    Criminal attacks on health-care providers increased dramatically—up 100 percent since 2010. And Obamacare may make it worse, according to a new study.

  • Managing family care online   Friday, 24 Jan 2014 | 10:25 AM ET
    Managing family care online

    Care.com debuted on the NYSE today, Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Care.com founder & CEO, explains their business of finding and managing family care.

  • Doctors, hospitals brace for Obamacare confusion Wednesday, 1 Jan 2014 | 9:57 AM ET

    Hospitals and medical practices are preparing for confusion and hassles as new insurance plans under President Obama's healthcare law take effect.

  • What does the Obamacare 'fix' mean for you? Friday, 15 Nov 2013 | 10:38 AM ET
    An insurance agent helps a woman navigate insurance options.

    President Obama's announcement that health insurance companies don't have to cancel policies will not drastically affect the overall plan. NBC News.

  • No easy answers as Obamacare drops health plans Friday, 1 Nov 2013 | 11:27 AM ET
    Julie Tyrrell, whose existing health care plan will be dropped next year and has had trouble logging into HealthCare.gov, at her home in Phoenix, Ariz., Oct. 31, 2013.

    As millions of Americans come to grips with the loss of health plans under Obamacare, there are no easy answers. Some face higher costs, some lower.